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Bovine Collagen VS Marine Collagen - What's the difference?

Bovine Collagen VS Marine Collagen - What's the difference?

Bovine Collagen VS Marine Collagen - What's the difference?


Where does collagen come from?

Collagen is a protein that’s found in the connective tissues. Humans create their own collagen naturally, as do other animals, which is why collagen is by default a non-vegan ingredient. Collagen can be found in our skin, bones, gut lining, joints, nails and hair.

Collagen has become a highly sought after and promoted product due to its high nutritional value and health promoting benefits. Nutraviva's 100% pure collagen hydrolysate products contains significantly more collagen than any protein blends or flavoured collagen blends. Our collagen products stand apart from the rest for their clean sourcing, high quality, and lack of artificial ingredients and fillers.

If you’ve been considering collagen supplementation in your diet you may be wondering, what is the difference between bovine/beef collagen and marine collagen. Essentially both products are similar in their amino acid profile. They are flavourless and odourless, and can be mixed easily into any beverage, warm or cool, added to yoghurt, used in baked goodies or stirred into soups as well.


Bovine Grass-fed vs Marine Collagen

The main difference between Nutraviva Grass Fed & Finished Collagen and Nutraviva Marine Collagen is sourcing. While Nutraviva Collagen Hydrolysate is sourced from pasture-raised cattle from Brazil, Nutraviva Marine Collagen is sourced from wild-caught cod, non-GMO verified from the North Atlantic Ocean.

Nutritionally, both are pure premium collagen hydrolysate protein, they just derived from different sources. Marine collagen is tasteless, odourless and is highly regarded in the beauty industry as a premium collagen source due its slightly smaller peptide size.


The Benefits of Collagen

If you are trying to decide between marine or bovine sourced collagen you may naturally be wondering firstly what the benefits may be for your health and nutrition of collagen supplements. Collagen protein, whether it’s derived from bovine or fish, is a fantastic way to support the health and maintenance of connective tissues, skin, muscles, gut lining, ligaments, tendons, cartilage.


Collagen supplementation may support in the following areas:

Collagen for hair and nails health

Collagen is present in the cells that make up the hair and nails. Many people who take collagen report faster hair and nail growth, as well as increased hair and nail strength.

Collagen for skin health

One of the main causes of fine lines and wrinkles is the natural loss of collagen from the skin. After age 25, our bodies begin to produce less and less collagen. Taking collagen orally can help to support the skin so it retains its youthful glow and elasticity.

Collagen for bones and joint health

As we age our bones also become susceptible to the side effects of collagen depletion. Brittle bones and suboptimal joint function are issues that affect many people over 50. That’s not to mention the problems faced by athletes of any age who rely on their bones and joints for extra physical support. Collagen promotes healthy bones and joints.


How much collagen should you take?

Both bovine and marine sourced collagen are easily digested and absorbed by the body. Up to 90% of collagen peptides have been shown to be digested and quickly absorbed after consumption.

We recommend taking 1-2 teaspoons of Nutraviva Collagen Hydrolysate or Marine Collagen per serve twice a day at help benefit connective tissues on a daily basis.


At Nutraviva, we’re all about transparency. We’re happy to tell you where our high-quality products come from and what goes into them. Browse our FAQs for more information about our supplements, or get in touch to ask us any questions.


Read more information about healthy living and the benefits of collagen here. 

Shop the Nutraviva range of collagen products here.


 Written by Bruno Rossitt, Founding CEO Nutraviva, BEd(PhysEd)

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